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    Re: Small amount of blood after defecating

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    That's wonderful news- especially that your vet has done this surgery before too. I would think that after the surgery though, she'll be on paper towels for a little while again? When are you having it done?
    Yes, I am planning on putting her back on paper towel after the surgery, and I really don't mind reassembling, disassembling, then reassembling again. I think I miss her old enclosure more than she does
    I don't know exactly when we're going to do the surgery, but I'm assuming it'll be discussed after her test results come in later this week. Then there will probably be a bit of a wait depending on appointment availability.
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    I know what you mean- it's nice to watch our snakes enjoying their "home furnishings".

    At least now you know what's going on- a little wait is no big deal, compared to the uncertainty you've had.
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    Her test results came back today. The cytology read as inflammation, nothing cancerous, but the bloodwork showed an elevated white blood cell count, so they think this might be associated with the inflamed scent gland and want to treat with injectable antibiotics first before we consider other treatments.
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    Re: Small amount of blood after defecating

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    Her test results came back today. The cytology read as inflammation, nothing cancerous, but the bloodwork showed an elevated white blood cell count, so they think this might be associated with the inflamed scent gland and want to treat with injectable antibiotics first before we consider other treatments.
    Oh, your poor little snake! I'm not saying their advice doesn't make sense though- it does. I just feel bad for your little angel- hopefully this too shall pass soon, with her return to full HEALTH.
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    Re: Small amount of blood after defecating

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    Oh, your poor little snake! I'm not saying their advice doesn't make sense though- it does. I just feel bad for your little angel- hopefully this too shall pass soon, with her return to full HEALTH.
    Yes, I also feel bad for her, it's been quite a long run figuring this out. Hopefully now that we have more insight things will progress faster since we're treating for the right cause. In a way though, this whole ordeal with her has been helpful putting reptile, and specifically snake, ownership into perspective for me. My species wishlist is definitely still extensive lol, and I do want more snakes in the future, but my realistic expectations for just how many I can handle, resource and time-wise, has scaled back quite a bit.
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    You didn't have such good luck with this one, in terms of "issues", but that's just it- we never know. Most of the time, most snakes are healthy for a long time. But we never know.
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    Re: Small amount of blood after defecating

    Wow! What a saga. Congrats on your vigilance and persistence with the vet to get to the etiology of this kingsnake’s condition. Curious as to the updates on this case. Has the vet recommended bumping up the optimal temperature in the enclosure to give the reptile immune system a boost? Also can you describe your setup for the reptile? Temps, warm side and cool side and any humidity levels you have? Are you working with a thermostat?
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    Re: Small amount of blood after defecating

    Also, consider more frequent water bowl changes because that will help eliminate a possible vector for contamination and illness to the reptile. Preferably daily but certainly every couple of days. Reptiles heal slowly. Partly due to being cold blooded and compromised immune systems.
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    Re: Small amount of blood after defecating

    Here is one of Mr. Applegates bibles on the kingsnake and milksnake. Enjoy and keep us posted!
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